Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baby Toys

In this day and age, there is so much pressure to have the newest and latest things. I was at a playdate today with my daughter and got to talking with the other moms about toys. I do not own a lot of toys for my daughter nor do I plan on buying many. It seems that many of the magazines and websites geared for children are always promoting the "best toys" for learning and development. In my opinion, it is time to get back to the basics. While there are some great toys out there that do aid development, a child can learn from something as simple as putting things in and taking things out of Tupperware containers.

Here are my ideas for savings money when it comes to buying toys:
  • If you are going to buy a large toy (i.e. exersaucer, Jump-a-roo, etc.) try it from a friend first and make sure that your child likes it
  • Buy only one or two large toys and supplement with smaller ones
  • Instead of buying toys in stores, buy online. I have found that Amazon is usually cheaper than the chain stores.
  • Buy toys used from sites like Craig's List or even better, borrow used toys from friends.
  • Buy toys and clothes at thrift stores. Not only are they dirt cheap, but the money also usually goes to a good cause. (Thanks to the moms today for this idea)
  • Lastly, don't spend loads of money buying toys. Let your child play with your Tupperware, pots and pans, remote controls, and spatulas. They will learn just as much from these things and you will save a ton of money (not to mention keep your house from getting cluttered).

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